"L'uomo ha fame."

February 26, 2013


Would the correct italian for "The man is hungry" not be "L'uomo è fame"? To me using "ha" implies past tense; "he/she has" or "he/she had". Am I mistaken?

February 26, 2013
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"Ha" is simply a form of the verb to have (avere). The literal translation of hungry is "affamato", so you could say "l'uomo è affamato"; but "fame" (hunger) is much more used. Compare with German: "er hat Hunger" (he has hunger = he's hungry).

February 26, 2013
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